We stayed at this place in October 2012 on a 10-day long trip to Kashmir and absolutely loved it! Due to our travel plans we checked in and out 3 times into this place. The experience was consistently wonderful. This was truly one of the highlights of our trip. Even before we got there, the amount of thought the owner put into responding to our queries about trip planning etc gave us a good feeling about the place.
Firstly, here's what this place doesn't have:
- it is not close to Dal lake and the tourist areas
- it is an old, rambling country house so the bathrooms etc are somewhat old-fashioned. This may be a personal preference, but we really enjoyed the old fashioned decor and all the walnut wood furniture in the two living rooms.
- the menu is somewhat limited, although very well executed.
Having said this, we really enjoyed every moment of our stay here. The fact that is on Nigeen lake and not Dal, makes for a much quieter experience in general. Our kids could run around on the lawns bordering it. Waking up to brilliant sunrises over the lake watching lotus stems being harvested from boats was an experience to remember. For those of you looking for a less-commercial shikara ride, I would recommend taking one from the hotel to go around Nigeen lake (and not Dal). You get to see lake-side villages, vegetable gardens in the lake and a wide variety of local birds.
The staff, every single one of them, were extra helpful and quite happy to accommodate 2 high-energy kids overrunning the place. This is a place I would definitely recommend for people looking for a quiet, slow-paced and gracious "old-world" experience.
Room tip: try and get room #8. It is a corner room overlooking the lake.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Dar-Es-Salam Srinagar, Kashmir